Washington Child Support Enforcement

In order to enforce child support payments in the state of Washington, a custodial parent who is not receiving monies owed from the non-custodial parent, may be able to contact the Washington Division of Child Support (DCS) to get assistance.  DCS may be able to help locate the other parent if contact has been lost and arrange to have any arrears paid through wage garnishment, imposition of liens or other enforcement measures.  For ongoing payments, DCS may be able to set up payroll deductions to ensure that payments continue to be made.

How to File a Complaint

In Washington, a parent must pay child support as set forth in a valid child support order, even if the child support order was issued in another state.  Child support orders can be enforced across state lines because of the passage of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

In order to apply for child support services in Washington, a custodial parent must fill out the following forms:

How to Fill In

Step 1 – Download the Nonassistance Support Enforcement Services form (Adobe PDF).

Download (PDF, 56KB)

Step 2: Enter your name, address, telephone number and social security number.

Step 3: Enter the name of the non-custodial parent

Step 4: Enter your bank information so you can receive payments electronically.

Step 5: Sign and initial after reading through the disclaimers.

Step 6: Download the Child Support Enforcement Referral Form

Download (PDF, 59KB)

Step 7: Enter the following information about both the father and mother:

  • Name
  • Other Names Used
  • P.O. Box or Street Address
  • Phone numbers
  • Email address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Race
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Hair Color
  • Eye Color
  • Native Language (If correspondence needed in other than English)
  • Tribal Affiliation (if applicable)
  • Last-Known Employer’s Name
  • Employer’s P.O. Box or Street Address
  • Employer’s Telephone Number
  • Parent’s Father’s Name
  • Parent’s Mother’s Maiden Name

Step 8: Enter with who the children live

Step 9: Enter the following information about each child:

  • Child’s Name (First/Middle/Last)
  • Sex
  • Social Security Number
  • Did the father sign a paternity
  • Tribal Affiliation if applicable
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Did the mother become pregnant with this child in Washington State?
  • Is there a support order for this child?

Step 10: Enter marital information and public support information. Read the declaration and sign and date.

Step 11: Download the Declaration of Support Payments form and fill in dates and amounts of child support payments made, if any.

Download (PDF, 47KB)

Step 12: Mail the completed application to the following address:

Division of Child Support
Central Services
P.O. Box 11520
Tacoma, Washington 98411-5520

What DCS Can DO

DCS can take a number of actions in order to enforce an existing child support obligation including but not limited to the following:

  • wage withholding
  • tax refund intercept
  • lottery intercept
  • license suspension
  • liens against property

Contact DCS

Division of Child Support
Central Services
P.O. Box 11520
Tacoma, Washington 98411-5520